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|04-19-2012 06:52 AM|
Some earlier posters suggested really good bikes.
|04-18-2012 04:26 PM|
If your wheel says 20 or less, you can use the 1.25" wide tires. I'd recommend these are their puncture resistance and low price compared to others.
Then get some tubes from the same place to save on shipping, get 4 or more.
Your commute is pretty short so I wouldn't get clipless unless you ride more than 5 miles each way.
|04-17-2012 07:34 PM|
|04-17-2012 07:30 PM|
Hey, thanks so much for the advice! I checked out the link (Sheldon Brown), there is lots of helpful stuff there too.
Turns out my wheels are 1.75, not 1.5, so I'm glad I checked. I can't seem to figure out what all the numbers mean (even at sheldonbrown.com). My wheel is marked 26x1.75/200/2.125??
I like the idea of the "quality cheapo" tires for now. And the Shimano a530s are the same idea (if not the model also) as what the shop showed me...it looks like the code doesn't apply to them at Nashbar, and shipping puts it to almost the same price as the bike shop, so maybe I will just buy local.
|04-17-2012 05:01 PM|
|04-17-2012 04:30 PM|
People pay $40-$50 for top-end puncture resistant tires like this . You'll know if you need a $40 tire if you keep getting flats. Your bike shop isn't totally out of line - but you'd be better served with quality cheapos for now. If you run over a lot of nasty debris on your commute and already get consistent flats then pick up some Gatorskin tires online.
Here's an outstanding primer on tires
Clipless pedals are awesome . You get probably 30%+ more power out of your legs since you can transfer power on the upstroke. The perfect starter pedals are Shimano a530 . Regular shoe platform on one side, clipless on the other (probably what the bike shop recommended). Good for learning/practicing clipless, situations where you don't feel safe being clipped in, and if you just want to ride in regular shoes. The pedals come with standard Shimano cleats.
Feel free to pick up a pair of MTB clipless shoes at the bike shop. Those prices are reasonable (not SD) but you really need to try them on. Cycle shoes are usually in European sizing and each brand is a little different. If you get the itch for a shoe upgrade after the initial pair then SD some later.
Get practice with clipless before riding in traffic. You can thank me the first time you eat pavement. One word: Timber! (No worries, its normal for beginners )
Consider SH-56 cleats if the standard cleats are too restrictive on clip-out. Naturally, if you think you'll stick with clipless then you can try the other types like Speedplay.
|04-17-2012 04:16 PM|
Clipless pedals are awesome, I've been buying shoes and cleats off ebay, much cheaper than new and the cleats are cheaper than anywhere else even new ones off ebay. I bought some canondale bike shoes off Bike Nashbar last week that were an amazing deal but I got the last pair. I like Crank Brothers platform eggbeaters, cheap off ebay $25 per set of pedals.
And they do make a HUGE difference, I wouldn't ride my mountain bike without them. Most people don't ride eggbeaters on the road, but you could. The nice thing is the shoes work well off the bike, when you clip out, you can walk around fine, most road shoes are awful to walk in.
|04-17-2012 02:52 PM|
Hey bike enthusiasts....
There's been some discussion on swapping city / road tires in on a mtn bike for city riding. That's what I've been thinking of doing....I have an older Cannondale 26" which I had picked up used. I've been commuting 3+ miles to work fairly regularly (except for the last couple of weeks, broken down ). I've got the big ol' knobbies on there, 'cause that was all I knew about, but my commute is all paved (with maybe a few bumps or potholes, which can usually be avoided) and I'd like to be able to pick up my speed some.
The guy at the bike shop recommended some (I don't know what brand) that were nice and hard along the center line, but softer and ribbed (or whatever it's called) along the sides for cornering, etc. etc., I think like 80 or 85 psi max. But they were $45 or $50 EACH, besides the tubes.
Can anyone recommend something for me over at Nashbar? Is that price range what you would expect to pay for quality road / city tires?? FWIW I believe my wheels are 1.5 wide. I see they have lots of options but it overwhelms me.
Also, any good deals on shoes & clipless (is that right term?) pedals? Another bike commuter at work tells me how great it is riding with them (especially long rides), builds up other muscles, etc. etc. The shoes at my LBS start at $100 and the pedals at like $70....again, are those reasonable prices?
|04-17-2012 01:10 PM|
|04-17-2012 12:22 PM|
we picked up an older model of the absolute 4.0 last year and it has a straight top bar, so I think the curve is new. overall it suits our needs pretty well with it's adjustable stem, it's nice for those who don't "fit" a bike exactly because of long torso, shorter upper body, etc, etc.
got to agree with you, not a fan of the curved top tube.
|04-17-2012 12:15 PM|
unless you have hills, for a 1 mile ride, save yo money and get an cheapo:
there are no gears to worry about. just ride you inner hipster out.
depending on where you live, sifting through craigslist is like sifting through a 10-foot pile of $h^*& . there are gems out there, but you've got to play some marco-polo.
and even though you said you are riding mostly pavement, people are steering you away from road bikes because the entry cost is much more. entry for MTB is probably ~$350, whereas entry for road bike is ~$650. hybrids have kind of changed that scene the last couple of years.
i think the way it works is that you can change from knobby mtb tires to slicker tires (albeit thicker and heavier than true road tires), but changing from slick road bike tires to knobby mtb tires is impossible (but is anything really impossible?). changing tires is ridiculously easy and everyone should know how to do it, just incase you get a flat.
*local* bike shops vary too. at least where i live, some carry used or last year's models, etc, but most carry $550++ bikes. instead of sifting through the 10-foot pile of $h#%, you have to sift through some caviar.
|04-17-2012 12:09 PM|
|04-17-2012 11:50 AM|
I am already going in that direction (for a mix of road and trail, nothing extreme), but I'm curious to why you are breaking it down in this way, specifically along a height measurement dividing line?
For all practical purposes, a 29" bike seems to be essentially the same as a so-called hybrid bike since they both are using larger 700cm rims. Maybe 29" frames are a little beefier, perhaps, to better handle off-roading? I know the 29" frames tend to have a longer wheelbase. Not as well-suited to manipulate multiple very tight turns perhaps, but I would easily sacrifice that if the result is better overall stability. About as extreme as I get is hopping a curb every once in a while.
Anyway, the thing that frustrates me is that mtn./hybrid bike geometries all seem to be pretty much cookie cutter. I'm 6'1" and I think I have a longer torso and relatively shorter legs for my body. So a much longer top tube *seems* more comfortable to me (this based on multiple short test rides over the years). But most mountain and hybrid bikes tend to have very similarly short top tubes (between 22.5" to just under 24"). You might hit 24" or longer on their largest frames, but then the stand-over height (space between top tube & crotch) becomes prohibitively high, i.e., too close for comfort.
I've been looking at stems that are extra long to help provide some additional stretch, but there aren't that many of them, especially ones with a higher angle.
I used to own a Specialized 19" Stumpjumper mountain bike with smooth tires. It had a 31" standover (good) along with a relatively longer 24" top tube and decently long stem, but I still felt too cramped on that bike. Part of it could be that I just don't feel right with the more aggressive short stem heights @ low angles and that cramped feeling is only exacerbated when used in conjunction with shorter top tubes.
|04-17-2012 11:41 AM|
also, i will consider used as well - i hear theres usually great prices on craigslist etc
|04-17-2012 11:29 AM|
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